New figures reveal drink-drive worry
WORRYING new research by leading car insurance expert, Admiral suggests that too many motorists may think drink driving is acceptable, with almost a fifth of drivers admitting they have driven a car when over the drink driving limit.
The Swansea-based giant l commissioned YouGov to survey 3,120 drivers for its Admiral Survey of UK Motorists and found that 19 per cent have driven a car while over the drink drive limit. Men are more likely than women to admit they have driven over the limit, with 27 per cent of men saying they have done so compared with 10 per cent of women.
The different attitude towards drinking and driving between men and women continues when looking at how many units motorists are happy to consume before getting behind the wheel. Although overall two fifths (40 per cent) of those questioned said they would only consider themselves safe to drive after drinking no units of alcohol at all, 11 per cent of men would consume more than three units and consider themselves safe to drive compared to just 1 per cent of women.
Admiral managing director, Sue Longthorn, said: "It's vital that people are aware of how much alcohol they are consuming when they are due to drive, and remember that drink driving is not acceptable in any shape or form and it's never worth the risk.
"The difference between men and women in our research is a worry, as it appears the anti-drink driving message is getting through to women, but not so effectively with men.
"The amount of alcohol in someone's blood is the same, regardless of their gender."
Another area where people need to be aware of their alcohol consumption is the morning after. Admiral's research showed that almost three in ten (29 per cent) have driven the morning after drinking heavily and suspected they were still over the drink driving limit.
This number is again highest in men, with over a third (36 per cent) admitting to this compared to 22 per cent of women.
Just over one in seven (15 per cent ) motorists don't take what they're drinking into consideration when they know they have to drive the next morning."